Large Decorative and Extremely Finely Woven Antique Lavar Kerman Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: Late 19th Century – Lavar Kerman rugs are considered some of the most elegant in the world and are desirable among both designers and collectors. This romantic Lavar Kerman carpet was created in the late 19th century and is a refined piece with gorgeous colors. The carpet as a fine weave and the supple, soft feel underfoot for which Lavar Kermans are known.
Kerman was a carpet weaving center that once produced the exquisite carpets for use in the courts of the Safavid rulers. In the early part of the 19th century, civil war broke out, and a devastating fire forced the Kerman weavers to move to the nearby town of Lavar. These carpets became known as Lavar Kermans and were known for their intricate designs and fine weave. This carpet is characteristic of the work produced by these skilled artisans.
The design of the carpet is an all-over pattern with a repeating motif. The design is placed in a way so that one of the designs falls in the center of the piece, creating the balanced feel of a medallion carpet. Throughout the design, you can find traditional Persian motifs that have special traditional meanings. Cloud bands add graceful curves and create a sense of flow and motion between the different elements of the design. Motifs suggestive of a stylized Herati design can also be found, which create anchor points for the design and give it structure.
Perhaps the most striking element of the antique carpet is the shades of delicate rose, contrasted against the midnight blue background. Ivories and browns create gentle details in the design. Some of the featured color combinations for this year are Romance Pink, Dusty Lilac, and Deep Midnight Blue. This carpet would be the perfect match for any one of these modern color trends.